Meet the Team

Fintan Galvin
Founder & CEO

Fintan is the founder / owner of Invotra. He has a passion for delivery and keeping things focussed and connected. With over 25 years in enterprise technology he has a vast array of knowledge in getting large scales systems developed and deployed out to the people that count.

Jonnie Russell
Founder & CTO

Jonnie is the co-founder of Invotra, over the past 20 years has worked for organisations such as T-Mobile, Bank of Ireland and TUI, where he was responsible for the development of a range of complex systems. Other systems he has developed include MMS Gateway's, Cobol to Java Bridge and B2B Fruit Trading.

His expertise lies in highly secure large-scale interfaces and embedded systems development, having developed an embedded mail system for set-top-boxes back in 1994 and worked on SSL/SET E-Commerce Solution for Secure Internet Payments in 1998.From there he went on to develop the secure transfer application between Allied Irish Bank and Goodbody Stock Brokers for online trading. Other systems he has developed include MMS Gateway's, Cobol to Java Bridge, B2B Fruit Trading platform, online reporting system for a major bank, synchronisation framework for an integrated security alerts system and countless corporate websites. He developed an award winning web application development tool for the Java / XML applications.

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HR Director

Alison has been Invotra's Financial Director since its incorporation 10 years ago, and played a integral role in successfully growing the company. She is responsible for the daily operations of the business and uses her multi-sector experience to provide much needed skills in management and business. Previous organisations worked for included Koch Industries, Sunoco Inc and TUI. Now as HR Director of Invotra, Alison is looking forward to the very exciting times ahead. Alison is responsible for driving the successful apprenticeship program within the company.

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COO

Paul has been at the forefront of the UK ecommerce and Internet economy since he joined Amazon in 1999. Having served Amazon, Play.com, Firebox and a host of other e commerce companies, he has a strong understanding of what it takes to build consumer-centric platforms and companies.

He also, like everyone at Invotra, has great legs.

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Client Director

Sinead has been with Invotra since 2011 and takes pride in firmly bridging the gap between the client & tech over the years, forming strong professional relationships as a result whilst focusing on engagement & user experience adding value and being innovative at all times.

Born & raised in Ireland & a graduate of Smurfit Business School, UCD, Sinead has lived & worked in Oman, Middle East & Botswana, Southern Africa.In 2016, after almost 9 years in the UK, she relocated to the US with Invotra. She's beginning to wonder if there's gypsy blood in there somewhere....

Invotra Lead Developer John
Lead Developer

John has been with Invotra for many years and is the lead architect on all Drupal work. John is a former member of the Drupal.org Security Team and well known within the Drupal community as one of the highest quality Drupal coders in the world. He is obsessive about the quality of code that we deliver.

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Lead Developer

Damian is an enterprise Drupal Developer with over 10 years of experience as a Drupal Teach Lead and Drupal Consultant. Damian has worked for many high profile clients such as Capgemini, ITV, EE, Times Educational Supplement, Toyota, Time Warner, Bauer publishing and Endemol.

Damian leads the development team at Invotra, helping to ensure we consistently deliver a quality product to our clients. He's a qualified teacher, and runs the Drupal Training programme for new Drupal Developers at Invotra. Damian is an active member of the Drupal community in the North East, and runs demos on our behalf at monthly Drupal meet ups in Newcastle. 

Nqobile Dube
Technical Services Manager

Nqobile joined Invotra in May 2011 as a Software Developer Apprentice.He soon found that he was not a Software Developer and more of a Sys Admin.He still finds himself getting involved in some non Sys Admin work i.e Drupal related tasks which has lead to him being a Technical Services Manager. Meaning he has knowledge in two areas that are essential for getting new features and projects live.

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Development Lead

Luke joined in 2012 as an apprentice software developer. During the course of his apprenticeship he worked with the development/project teams to deliver enterprise web sites built on a Drupal platform. Upon completion of his apprenticeship he has been involved in technical analysis and implementation.

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Senior Developer

Programmer, designer, systems manager, blended with a systems architect and a dollop of a researcher. Worked in both the industry and academia, with more than 20 years of experience. A drupal grey-beard.

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Product Manager

Billy started at Invotra in 2011 as an apprentice, joining as a software developer. Quickly realised with Fins' help that he wasn't a software developer, although officially a contributor to Drupal 8. He then went down the consulting route and never looked back, gaining rapid knowledge in Drupal and sitebuilding

Head of Finance Accounts

With over 15 years of experience running the finances for a number of SME’s, Erica has recently joined the Invotra team to take over the day to day running of the accounts.  She looks forward to bringing her expertise in advising and implementing appropriate internal financial controls to Invotra. 

Believing that 50 is the new 30, she has thrown herself into a number of physical and psychological challenges this year and looks forward to adding table tennis to her skill set!

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Key Accounts Manager

Jamie initially joined Invotra as a software developer back in 2013. His strong technical acumen, coupled with his outgoing and personable nature ensured he the natural choice to lead Invotra's Learning & Development programme.

He is genuinely passionate about Invotra and takes pride in ensuring all users are fully equipped with the knowledge required to use the platform efficiently, and to maximum benefit. From an online Help site, to certification courses and practical exams, to online videos and interactive learning - the ideas never stop!

When the Account Team expanded, Jamie was a natural choice.  His product knowledge and personable nature made him the perfect fit.  His accounts include the Home Office and HMRC.

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Learning and Development Lead

Steph has recently joined Invotra from a background in education. She began her career teaching English as a Foreign Language then spent 8 years teaching teenagers history in a secondary school. After a career break to raise her young children and a short spell as a childminder shaping very young minds, she is excited to be coming back to the adult world! She is keen to use her skills to help everyone at Invotra, and our customers, to access, understand and enjoy using our product and get the most out of our digital workspace.

Account Manager

A Graduate of an MSc. in Project Management from Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School UCD.

Recently she has completed projects in conjunction with IBM, Marie Keating Foundation and LiveMon a South African environmental monitoring firm. In the last 4 months Rachael also completed a case study on Agile implementation in the technology SME environment.

Rachael came to Invotra because she was attracted by our innovative and forward thinking environment and the ambition to become the largest provider of intranets.

Test Manager

Chelsea manages our test team to make sure everything we do reflects quality. Her role is to make sure our team have the processes and equipment needed to maintain the quality our customers expect. A former Networking apprentice, Chelsea has an interest in cyber security.

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Junior Developer

Ed joined Invotra in 2015 having studied various aspects of computing at university. He has joined as a Software Developer apprentice but has since moved into the Development Operations team. Ed works closely with all of our clients to ensure their server configuration is suitable for their needs. 

Junior Product Specialist

Andrew recently gained A-level qualifications including computer science but decided to take a more practical route to work through an apprenticeship.

With no prior experience in the IT industry other than his A-Level, he started his career in Software Development before moving into our product team.

He's fast become our in-house expert on accessibility, and recently won Apprentice of the Year at the SME Surrey Business Awards. 

Junior Developer

Max joined Invotra in 2015 as an apprentice having worked in various other industries beforehand. He studied Software Development which naturally placed him into our QA team. Since then Max has increased his knowledge for coding and now works in our Development team as a Front End Developer.

  

 

Systems Administrator

Lindsay supports the technical team deliver world class enterprise software. With experience in Silicon Valley working at startups, and non-profit work with the likes of CoderDojo, Lindsay's breadth of experience helps him to understand some of the complex business challenges we deal with and support our customers. Lindsay works tirelessly, delivering when it matters. A believer in the power of social and digital workplaces to change world of business, he makes a mean vegan smoothie, never misses one of our infamous Invotra social gatherings and sometimes spends a weekend sailing with the other members of the team.

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Graduate Developer

John joined Invotra in our Newcastle office, after studying computing at Northumbria University. A graduate developer, he is currently learning Invotra and the Drupal platform, while also building on the development skills he gained in university. John is currently part of our QA team.

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Creative Lead

Brendan has spent over 15 years working with large retail, luxury property, corporate and automotive brands. 

Having made the transition from ink and paper to screen and pixels, Brendan now works closely with the Product design, Marketing and Training teams applying UI and visual design skills and principals  to produce engaging user experiences and effective communication. 

He also acts as guardian of the visual brand identity and ensure all creative output across all channels adhere to the brand guidelines.

Apprentice Project Manager

Ross left college in the summer of 2015 after studying media, history and personal finance. Working part time at Sainsbury's during his college years, he took a full time position as Team leader on the grocery department after college. 

He joined Invotra in Jan 2016 as an Apprentice Project Manager. It's the stepping stone he needed to enter the working world, while gaining a qualification and experience. He aims to complete his apprenticeship with flying colours while continuing to make a positive impact on the company and his work colleagues.

Ross is also a qualified football referee.

Business Analyst

Karel rejoined Invotra in August 2016 as a business analyst working in our product team. She’s responsible for gathering requirements and making sure all tasks that go to our developers have all the info they need.

When she’s not talking product, she likes boxing and travelling the world!

QA Tester

Ben started at Invotra in June 2016 as a software development apprentice and works in our testing team. He’s responsible for testing the latest improvements within Invotra as part of our regular release cycle. When he’s not testing, Ben is an avid gamer and regularly competes in tournaments.

 

QA Tester

Ryan started at Invotra in October 2016 as a software development apprentice and works in our testing team. He’s responsible for testing the latest improvements within Invotra as part of our regular release cycle. When he’s not busy testing, Ryan is a competitive swimmer, competing at national level!

Business Coordinator

Lauren joined Invotra in April 2017 as a business coordinator after working for many years in non-profit and public sector organisations. When not working, Lauren enjoys all things Walking Dead related, including trying out new skills in special effects makeup and even got to meet Jeffrey Dean Morgan at the convention!